HOMILY FOR WEDNESDAY OF THE 4TH WEEK OF LENT.
THEME: The dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and all who hear it will live.
BY: Fr. Deotacious Chikontwe SMA.
*READINGS OF THE DAY*
*FROM OUR FIRST READING*
In our first reading today, we heard the words of comfort and assurances from God to His people in the kingdom of Judah, as He told them that He will always remember them and that He will always provide for them, and be reconciled with them, despite their past wickedness and sins. Back then, during the time of the prophet Isaiah’s life and ministry, the people of God, the Israelites had been wrecked by a lot of hardships and tragedies. They had long defied the Lord and refused to obey Him, and most of their kings were wicked and sinful, leading the people further and deeper into the path of sin.
*FROM OUR GOSPEL READING*
In our Gospel passage today, we heard the words that Jesus spoke to the assembled people, many of whom were angry with Him because He performed His miracles on the Sabbath day which was a day considered sacred, and which the Pharisees and the teachers of the Law was thier day free from any kind of action and work. And as mentioned, Jesus also referred to God as His Father, which was indeed the truth, but the people were angry as they thought of Him of blaspheming against God by claiming Him to be His Father. Hence, this led to the people rising up against the Lord. They hardened their hearts and minds against Him. Jesus elaborated on how He has been sent into this world to be its Saviour. God has given us Jesus to be our Lord and Redeemer, and by Whose hands, had brought us closer to His Father, and through His adoption of our human nature and existence, has indeed united all of us to Himself.
In this season and time of Lent, let us all therefore remind ourselves of God’s ever present and ever patient love for each and every one of us, keeping in mind how He has generously offered us all His mercy and compassion all these while. Let us all no longer be stubborn or difficult in our attitudes, allowing ourselves to be immersed in God’s love and grace. We should spend more time in this season and time of Lent to become ever closer to the Lord, our most loving Father, and heed His call and reminders for us to repent and change our wicked and sinful ways.
May the Lord, our most loving God and Father continue to love us and provide us each day!
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